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  • Journalists charged with defaming Thailand's navy

    PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities on Thursday charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar, amid concerns about press freedom in the country. The English-language news website Phuketwan posted a story last...

  • Rights groups ask Nepal to scrap amnesty provision

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — International rights groups said Thursday that parts of a bill proposed by Nepal's government should be rejected because they might allow people who committed serious human rights violations during the country's Maoist insurgency to escape punishment. Amnesty...

  • Teething troubles for Chinese tourists in Thailand

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand's top universities is under a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists. Thousands have clambered aboard student buses at Chiang Mai University, made a mess in cafeterias...

  • Vietnam releases dissidents amid foreign pressure

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has granted early release to two high-profile dissidents, bringing the number of democracy activists freed this month to three in what the government called a "policy of leniency." The unusual moves come as Hanoi is negotiating a free trade deal with the United...

  • Crisis in Ukraine distracts Obama foreign policy team ahead of Asia trip

    Nearly one week before President Obama's latest multi-country tour through Asia, a crisis in the Ukraine is again stealing the administration's foreign policy focus as pro-Russian militants ignore a deadline set by Kiev to withdraw from towns throughout the eastern part of the country. Russian...

  • US, China to hold talks on North Korea next week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and China will hold talks next week about North Korea, which recently threatened to conduct another nuclear test. The State Department announced Friday that the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, Glyn Davies, will host his Chinese counterpart, Wu...

  • Tech stock sell-off spreads through world markets

    LONDON (AP) — Mounting concerns over technology stocks weighed hard on stock markets around the world on Monday. The latest bout of nerves started last Friday when mainstays of the Internet economy such as Google and Netflix that have surged over the past year were hammered as investors had a...

  • Cambodia PM: Agreement with opposition may be near

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that secret talks with the country's political opposition have resolved most of their differences, and the two sides may soon reach an agreement for the opposition to end its boycott of parliament. Hun Sen said that a...

  • World Bank slashes Thai growth forecast on unrest

    HONG KONG (AP) — The World Bank slashed its economic growth forecast for Thailand on Monday because of ongoing political strife that is crimping domestic demand. The Washington-based organization forecast that Thailand's economy would expand 3 percent this year, down from 4.5 percent growth...

  • India kicks off world's largest election

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — Indians began voting Monday in the world's biggest election, with the opposition heading into the polls with strong momentum on promises of economic renewal. Voting began Monday morning in the remote northeastern states of Assam and Tripura, with many traveling along...

  • Asian stocks fall on Wall Street tech losses

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks started the week lower, tracking losses on Wall Street where investors knocked down internet and technology stocks over worries about valuations. Internet economy mainstays such as Google and Netflix that have surged over the past year were hammered on Friday as...

  • Report: Pakistani vessels at Iranian naval drill

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency is reporting that Pakistani naval vessels have arrived at the southern Iranian port of Bandar Abbas for an upcoming naval maneuver. The report Sunday by IRNA quoted Iranian Rear Adm. Shahram Irani as saying the fleet will have "presence" in the...

  • Five of the Obama Doctrine's stealth foreign policy failures

    On a Moscow train platform, two men smoke and swap rumors in the frozen evening air. “I hear they've raised the Russian flag in Donetsk?” one says. “I hear Crimea, too.” So reports freelance journalist Noah Sneider in Slate. As Russian troops hoisted their flag over Crimea,...

  • US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter NKorea

    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors. In...

  • Explosions in southern Thailand kill 1, wound 24

    BANGKOK (AP) — Suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand launched a wave of attacks Sunday that killed one person and wounded 24 others. The violence took place in the city of Yala, where at least four explosions were reported, said police Col. Prayong Khotsakha. The most serious of...



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